Sports Stories Reading Comprehension

Free printable reading comprehension stories with a sports theme. Print the reading passage for offline use or test comprehension with the fun online quiz game. Recommended level: 3rd or 4th Grade and up



Who is Tom Longboat?

Tom had always been fast. He learned to run as a young boy on the Six Nation’s Reserve in Ontario, Canada. He would run long distances each day to get to school, work, or to visit his family and friends.

Sometimes running was the easiest part of his life. As an Aboriginal athlete, life was hard. Other people tried to control how he trained and where he raced. But he chose to rely on his own spirit, mind and body and would never back down.

Tom Longboat won the Boston Marathon in 1907 with a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes and 24 seconds, breaking the previous record by five minutes. The Boston newspaper said he was "the most marvelous runner who has sped over our roads."

He competed in the Olympics and won many international marathons.

His spirit lives on. Every year, the most outstanding Aboriginal athlete in Canada is recognized with the Tom Longboat award.

Who was Tom Longboat?
a gold medal swimmer
a famous Aboriginal marathon runner
an actor
a famous Aboriginal marathon runner Where was Tom Longboat born?
Boston
Cowichan Reserve in British Columbia
Six Nations Reserve in Ontario
Six Nations Reserve in Ontario Where did Tom Longboat Place in the 1907 Boston Marathon?
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first What was Tom's time to complete the 1907 marathon?
2 hrs 24 mins 24 secs
2 hrs 20 mins
24 hrs 2 mins 24 secs
2 hrs 24 mins 24 secs< How did Tom Longboat get to school?
by dog sled
He ran.
by bus
He ran.

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